Varty and Love given Queen’s Birthday Honours

by Val Febbo

Two prominent figures in the world of bowls have been presented with Medals of the Order of Australia as part of the annual Queen’s Birthday honours list.

In the list recognising 1,190 Australians, The Honourable Rosemary Varty and Richard Love were recognised courtesy of their services to the community and the sport of bowls.

Varty, a past president of Bowls Victoria from 2012 until 2015 and previously a member of the Victorian parliament, received her OAM for services to the community and bowls.

Love received his award for services to the community across a variety of roles, and has lived his life in dedication to helping those in need.

When it comes to bowls, the 81-year-old runs tournaments on the Central Coast, as well as undertaking coaching and mentoring roles on the green, aiming to promote the sport to a younger demographic.

Bowls Australia wishes to congratulate both Varty and Love on their acolades.

Their biographies are below to view:

The Honourable Rosemary Varty OAM:

  • Awarded Medal of the Order of Australia
  • Recognised for service to the community, and to lawn bowls.
  • Her list of achievements are as follows:
    • Parliament of Victoria
      • Member for Silvan Province, 1992-1999.
      • Member for Nunawading Province, 1985-1992.
      • Parliamentary Secretary for Cabinet, 1992-1999.
      • Shadow Cabinet Secretary, 1985-1992.
    • City of Box Hill
      • Councillor, 1981-1984.
    • Bowls Victoria
      • President, 2012-2015.
      • Deputy President, 2011.
      • Director, 2010-2015.
    • Community
      • Member, Mont De Lancy Historical Trust, 1999-2018.
      • Director, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, 1998-1999.
      • Member, Tintern Schools Board Council, 1999-2005.
      • Member of Vestry, St Pauls Anglican Church, Seville, 1993-2017.
      • Member, Billanook College Council, 1992-1997.
      • Council Member, East Burwood Special Development School, 1981-1988.
      • Member, Seville Township Group, 2008-2018.

Richard Love OAM

  • Awarded Medal of the order of Australia
  • Recognised for service to the community through a range of roles.
  • His list of achievements are as follows:
    • Community
      • Volunteer Singer, HammondCare, since 2016.
      • Board Member, Green Point Christian College, 2015-2017.
      • Chairman, Avoca Beach Bowling and Recreation Club, 2010-2011.
      • Financial Counsellor, Samaritans Emergency Relief Centre, Wyoming, 2008-2017.
      • Ministry Executive, Anglican Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn, 2002-2004.
      • Justice of the Peace, since 1971.
      • Active Member, self help groups dealing with addiction, since 1968.